What Does It Mean To Be “Generous” Today?

Posted: November 4, 2009 in Daily Blog

generous |ˈjenərəs|adjective

(of a person) showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected : she was generous with her money.

• showing kindness toward others : it was generous of them to ask her along.

• (of a thing) larger or more plentiful than is usual or necessary : a generous sprinkle of pepper.

Generosity comes in all shapes and forms, and most of us love a generous person…  As our culture changes, what does it mean to you to be generous in this day and age?  Financial generosity is one of they ways we show our generosity, but we can also be generous with our time by giving it to help others.  And we cannot overlook begin generous with our abilities, experiences, and expertise either…

Have the pressures of the economic downturn impacted your ability or willingness to give to those in need, to charities, or to the church?

Have the pressures of the velocity of your life impacted your ability or willingness to give your time, skills, or abilities to those in need, charities, or the church?

Have you ever considered the benefits of giving time, money, or your expertise to other’s?

Have you ever considered that giving time, money, or your expertise benefits you?

I would love to hear from you about this… post your comments here or on the Facebook thread!

  1. kimar070 says:

    An important aspect to generosity in regards to relationships is time. At least for me. Whether it’s a significant other, a family member, a friend, or even a stranger. Sometimes we get too caught up in the busy life and we forget to set aside time to share with others. Too often we hear people claim, “There’s too much to do but not enough time!” Sometimes we’re even selfish about it and instead of simply taking the time to talk to a friend, we spend it watching a favorite television show because we’re a die hard fan and can’t miss that one “super epic episode” they’ve been advertising. Time is intangible but it is also one of the most valuable things we can give.

    • Graham says:

      great thoughts… generosity does come in all forms, and the generous art of being present in someone’s life is one I struggle with often!

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